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March 19, 2020
Brad Jamison

Going remote with the best remote perks

With recent global events and so many Zestful customers going remote, we've been asked many times these past few weeks what our favorite remote work perks and products are within the Zestful Catalog.

We decided to put together a quick list of the most popular items based on category—take a look!

Health & wellness remote work perks

For many companies, health & wellness perks mean one thing, "Going to the gym".

But as most gyms and studios have closed their doors for the foreseeable future, it's more important than ever to create healthy habits within the home.

Here are some ideas to encourage your team to look into:

At-home fitness equipment

One of the most effective at-home fitness perks is simply investing in the right traditional gym and fitness equipment you can use just about anywhere in your home. We love kettlebells, free weights, yoga mats, jump ropes, stretchy bands, and medicine balls.

While some of these items might be tough to grab today (as of March 17th), there are still many online fitness retailers within the Zestful Catalog like Big 5 Sporting Goods and Dick's Sporting Goods, or traditional retailers like Target and Walmart with items in stock.

If you really want to go all out, check out the climbing and kettlebell gym of Andrew, our Director of Sales.

Online fitness apps

Many of us still need the class-like motivation to get our minds and bodies kicked into high gear. Fear not, these days you don't need to go anywhere but in front of your TV or mobile device to get that real-world feeling.

We're seeing a massive uptick in online health and fitness apps such as:

Home office work perks

With lots of companies moving to 100% remote work for the time being, many commuter benefits and perks are now at a standstill.

A great solution would be to transfer these allocated funds to home-office perks to help to build the perfect work-from-home-center. Here are some ideas:

  • Help purchase a desk and chair. These can be expensive but can have an enormous impact on overall comfort and productivity.
  • Cover internet cost and perhaps give your employees a boost in their internet speed. Not only will they be using their internet to get work done, but those long night Netflix binges can take up a lot of bandwidth.
Here's a glimpse of the home office of Zestful's Head of People Success, Ashlee.

Food perks

A week ago, companies could flex on their unlimited office snacks and free lunches, but those kitchens have since been raided and taken home.

Going remote can make it hard for your team to find and consume healthy snacks and meals, but you can help! Think on these things:

Provide a budget for food delivery

Many of our customers have switched to offering a monthly allowance their teams can put towards getting lunch delivered from the likes of DoorDash, Postmates, GrubHub and UberEats. It's a great replacement to your "free lunches on Fridays" perk.

Have meals delivered

This option can be expensive, but it can also go a long way in showing your team you really care. Even one meal each week can be super helpful from the likes of HelloFresh, Blue Apron, Sun Basket and Green Chef.

Help with groceries

Another food perk that goes a long way is providing allowances for your team to use to deliver groceries, food, and other household items. Services like GoPuff, Instacart, and Amazon Fresh are all incredible choices.

Professional development and education perks

Many of our customers and companies across the nation are taking this time of being remote to invest further in their team's education and development. And we couldn't be happier!

Help your team level up professionally (and personally) through great online educational resources like:

How about some fun?

There's no question that these times are a bit rough and out of the ordinary for many of us. Why not help your team by adding a bit of fun and joy in to their lives?

It may not have the "ROI" that many companies seek in their employee perks, but in times like these keeping your team happy is invaluable.

This is where fun perks like streaming services (Netflix, Spotify, HBO, Hulu, etc.) can be a great way for your team to past the evening hours at home. Looking to get extra creative? Maybe send a fun subscription box from our friends at Cratejoy! Subscription boxes for kids are also a great gift for parents looking for some peace and quiet during meetings.

Read more: 15 unique Zestful Catalog merchants to support your family-oriented culture

In conclusion, we know this time can be hectic and tough—but our hope is that Zestful's remote work perks can help your team feel more comfortable staying home to #FlattenTheCurve.

Book a demo with one of our perk specialists today and we'll give you 60 days free.

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